OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) — Authorities have arrested the man they said injured a Broward Sheriff’s sergeant during a traffic stop in Oakland Park.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, the deputy was conducting a traffic stop near the 200 block of NW 51st Court.
Deputies say at some point during the stop, Tyler Comegno assaulted the sergeant. BSO added Comegno cut off the ankle monitor he was wearing in a pending criminal case and fled.
BSO deputies responded quickly after the sudden attack.
Authorities set up a perimeter, sealed off the neighborhood, put up a helicopter to search for the criminal and scoured an area just east of I-95 and north of Commercial Boulevard.
Comegno was arrested sometime later, but authorities did not say where he was found.
The 24-year-old has nine prior arrests in Broward County.
The details of the traffic stop and the assault are unclear but court records from a criminal case against Comegno from October show that
“(Comegno’s) Florida driver’s license has been suspended indefinitely (5) times…” and that “(Comegno) does not possess a valid Florida driver’s license.”
Court records from the Broward Clerk of Courts Office show he’s been arrested numerous times since 2010 for several different charges, including grand theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, robbery with a weapon and fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer.
Public records show he’s also spent time in Florida prison.
CBS4’s Peter D’Oench was able to speak with Comegno’s father.
“I can’t say nothing, he’s in trouble as it is,” said Comegno’s father. “He’s nuts is all I can tell you.”
During the search, residents were kept away as the neighborhood was sealed off.
“I can’t go home. I can’t get there,” said Jose Melendez.
Melendez says he was not surprised that there was another incident in is neighborhood. He says deputies are often called here.
“Every week. Every week,” he told D’Oench.
Melendez and other neighbors told us there have been persistent problems at one home in particular, coincidentally next to where this car was processed.
Melendez said he is tired of the incidents that have prompted so many calls for help.
“I don’t feel good. I came here from a bad neighborhood to an old neighborhood and now I see this,” he said.
The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries to his face and head.
Comegno arrived at the Broward County Jail late Monday night. It’s expected that he’ll stand before a judge on the assault charge sometime on Tuesday.